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Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2015


Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don’t seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There’s also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they’re counting D’Angelo’s December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).

Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below…

Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2015
50. Bomba Estereo – Amanecer
49. Bob Dylan – Shadows in the Night
48. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
47. James Taylor – Before This World
46. Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
45. Madonna – Rebel Heart
44. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
43. Selena Gomez – Revival
42. Bjork – Vulnicura
41. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
40. Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile
39. Muse – Drones
38. Ashley Monroe – The Blade
37. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
36. Hop Along – Painted Shut
35. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
34. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
33. Beach House – Depression Cherry
32. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
31. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
30. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
29. Joanna Newsom – Divers
28. Miguel – WIldheart
27. Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood
26. Future – DS2
25. Darlene Love – Introducing Darlene Love
24. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – Surf
23. Mark Knopfler – Tracker
22. Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
21. Chris Stapleton – Traveller
20. Don Henley – Cass County
19. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down…
18. Boz Scaggs – A Fool to Care
17. Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
16. Jack U – SKrillex and Diplo Present Jack U
15. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
14. Wilco – Star Wars
13. Tame Impala – Currents
12. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
11. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
10. Blur – The Magic Whip
9. The Arcs – Yours, Dreamily
8. Various Artists – Hamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack
7. Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
5. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
4. D’Angelo – Black Messiah
3. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
2. Adele – 25
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

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